The BAYCAT By You Photothon!

We want to celebrate all the ways this City has inspired and grown with us. Join us in the BAYCAT by You Photothon to raise $25,000.

For the past nine years, BAYCAT has educated, empowered and employed over 3,000 young people in the digital media arts. Help us raise $25k, or the equivalent of 12 iMacs, by the end of the year to fund 2014 educational programs so their students can continue to create award-winning short films and share untold stories.

Like to take photos? The more you participate the more money we raise. Each photo submitted brings $1 to BAYCAT.

How to Play:

1. Watch BAYCAT media and get inspired for our theme of the week.

2. Share your photos.

– Tweet and Instagram using #BAYCATbyYou

– Facebook your photos with @BAYCAT

3. Win a prize if your photo is selected by a panel of judges from our media partners: The Bold Italic, San Francisco Chronicle, 7×7 Magazine, Potrero View, Curbed SF and Mission Mission

Week One of the Photothon starts TODAY!

THE THEME: Show us what you love about The Bay!

THE JUDGES: The lovely team at Bold Italic!

THE PRIZES: A $50 Gift Certificate to a cool Dogpatch restaurant like Hard Knox Cafe, Gilberth’s Rotisserie, Goat Hill Pizza and others. OR an exclusive photo shoot with BAYCAT youth media producers. You pick!

YOUR INSPIRATION: San Francisco Love

Please submit your photos and share #BAYCATbyYou Photothon with all your friends!

All photos must be submitted by midnight, Sunday November 24. Winners will be announced next Thursday.

For more details about the Photothon check out the BAYCAT website, and keep up date on the latest photos through Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for supporting, sharing and shooting for BAYCAT!

P.S. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our Open House December 5th!

BAYCAT Media Featured World-Wide

BAYCAT youth media has been getting a lot of recognition recently! Three of our pieces from the last year have been selected as finalists in upcoming Film Festivals.
“SF Love” was accepted to the Vancouver International Film Fest through the Reel Youth Media program.
“Tech Free for a Weekend” is one of only 13 films to be featured at the International Black Women’s Film Festival!
“That Family Thing” was just accepted to the Tower of Youth Film Fest.

BAYCAT will be organizing visits to several of these upcoming screenings. Get in touch if you want to join us!

Open BAYCAT Board of Directors Meeting

The BAYCAT Board is hosting an open meeting, to which all interested persons are invited.

DATE AND TIME: July 18th, 2013, 4:00pm

PLACE: BAYCAT Offices 2415 3rd Street, Suite 230,
San Francisco, CA 94107


A copy of the agenda of the BAYCAT Board of Directors Meeting may be obtained by contacting BAYCAT Development Manager Brittany Janis at 415-701-8228 or by email:

“Inner Demons” Short

The BAYCAT team recently had a lot of fun creating this short film. Enjoy!

BAYCAT 11/15 Public Meeting of the Board Postponed

Please stay tuned for updates regarding the next public meeting of the BAYCAT Board to be held in December.

Public Meeting of the BAYCAT Board Rescheduled

The public meeting of BAYCAT’s Board of Directors which was cancelled last week due to the Giants’ World Series game has been rescheduled.

NEW DATE AND TIME: November 15th, 2012, 4:00pm

PLACE: BAYCAT Offices 2415 3rd Street, Suite 230, San Francisco, CA 94107


A copy of the agenda of the BAYCAT Board of Directors Meeting may be obtained by contacting BAYCAT Development Manager Brittany Janis at 415-701-8228 or by email:

BAYCAT Public Meeting Of the Board Postponed

Our neighbors the Giants are in the World Series!

Because of the game conflict our public meeting of the BAYCAT Board of Directors which was scheduled for today, Thursday 10/25, is being postponed. Stay tuned for a new date and time.

The Show Goes On Because Of YOU!

Thank you! Thank YOU! THANK YOU SO MUCH for your advocacy, support and commitment to improving the lives of our students and our community. Even with 4 hours to spare, we surpassed our goal with our Show Must Go On Campaign!

I am eternally grateful; our team and Board is so thankful, and our students are inspired with hope and the real meaning of community by the investment you made in them.
Please share our good news of surpassing the goal; we will stay in touch with you to let you know the impact of your advocacy and investment as our program unfolds for the Fall.

WE did it! YOU did it!

BAYCAT story update in SF Appeal

Crystal Sykes of the online newspaper SF Appeal recently wrote a wonderful write-up of our Summer Open House and ongoing campaign:

With tables full of snacks, walls crowded with inspirational graphics and the echoes of laugher and cheers all around, it was clear that the Creative Room of the Bayview Hunter’s Point Center for Arts and Technology(BAYCAT) offices were overflowing with parents, friends and local community members to celebrate the work made by the local Bayview youth at the summer premiere of the newest installment of ‘Zoom-In’.The show, hosted by two BAYCAT Youth Media Producers, was filled with excitement and joy, a far departure from the heartache of having nearly $50,000 worth of equipment stolen from the non-profit’s office just two weeks prior.

“We had a rough summer,” says Brittany Janis, the organization’s development manager, to the audience. “But no matter how rough it got, BAYCAT overcame it.”

Read the full article here

BAYCAT Animators to be honored this Sunday

Last month the San Francisco chapter of Association International du Film d’Animation (International Animated Film Association) held a screening at the Exploratorium’s McBean Theatre that included the work from BAYCAT’s Spring 2012 program. Some BAYCAT participants were able to attent the event, but even if you missed it there’s more good news: The organization is throwing a FREE party THIS SUNDAY to honor the award-winners.

Each of the BAYCAT student films earned a special Merit Award, with an additional “Excellence in Humor” award going to Gwydion Brain’s “Build a Baby Workshop.” Congratulations!!

The event will be held at Oddball Films, located at 275 Capp St. between 17th and 18th Street.
Time: Sunday, July 29. Pre-show party at 6:30pm – Films at 8:00pm

Details are available at the ASIFA San Francisco web site.

Congratulations once again and we hope you can attend.